Youth Led Leadership Alliance

The Youth Led Leadership Alliance is a network of six interest groups made up of high school students from across Santa Cruz County working together to develop leadership skills and make an impact across their community.

These groups include: 

Youth for Environmental Action - Students passionate about environmental justice and interested in taking action to address our changing climate.  

Youth Artists Taking Action - Youth artists of all disciplines interested in using their art to address social and environmental justice and create societal change.

Youth Mental Health Leadership Council - Youth driven to break stigmas, promote wellness and increase mental health resources on their campuses. 

Multilingual Youth Taking Action - Multilingual students inspired to be future leaders and create a welcoming and supportive environment for peers of all backgrounds. 

Queer and Trans Youth Council - LGBTQIA+ youth and their allies called to serve and support their community through advocacy, activism and inclusion. 

Countywide Black Student Union - Black students interested in building a network of support and solidarity that fights for equity and promotes cultural pride and awareness.

Interested in joining the Alliance? Just fill out a short interest form by clicking on the button below. The only eligibility requirement is to be a student enrolled at any high school within Santa Cruz county—public, private or charter! 

For more information, please contact Student Leadership and Engagement Coordinator, Andres Ortiz at or 831-466-5713.

To stay up to date please follow us on Instagram at @sccsstudentleadership

We are pleased to announce that the Santa Cruz County Office of Education Student Leadership and Engagement Programs will be starting up again in August for the 2023-24 year! 

Self & Community Tile Project

High school students from across Santa Cruz County schools have been working together since Fall 2021 exploring what Self and Community means to them using art.